Video: GT Responds To Getting Wrecked By NCAA

Today the NCAA ripped a hole in the hull of the good ship Ramblin’ Wreck.


Above is video of Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich addressing the school being hit with the following NCAA sanctions today:

  • Fined $100,000 by the NCAA
  • Stripped of its 2009 ACC championship in football (Tech must return ACC trophy. There will be no champion for the season)
  • Four years of probation from July 14, 2011 through July 13, 2015
  • Reduction of two men’s basketball recruiting days during the 2011 summer evaluation period (self-imposed by the university)
  • Limit of 10 official visits for men’s basketball for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years
  • Vacation of all games won by the football team during the 2009 season after November 24

In its infractions report (PDF), the NCAA Committee on Infractions flatly states that Tech was directly involved in attempting to hinder the NCAA’s investigation and, “manipulate the information surrounding potential violations involving (the student-athlete) so there would be enough doubt about its validity to justify the decision not to declare him ineligible.

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Dayton Confirms Gregory Accepted Ga. Tech Offer

Midday Friday I reported, “Dayton coach Brian Gregory has been extended an offer by Georgia Tech (to coach the school’s basketball team) but has not yet decided if he will take the job.

Brian Gregory takes Georgia Tech job

(Georgia Tech has refused to confirm the news)

That report was followed up by similar reports from Matt Stewart of Comcast Sports Southeast and Jeff Goodman of FOX Sports later in the day.

After my report, Georgia Tech Associate Athletic Director Wayne Hogan issued the following statement:

The search for the next men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech has not concluded and is still ongoing, contrary to a number of published internet reports on Friday. As is our policy, we do not comment on ongoing searches. However, due to these erroneous reports we felt compelled to clarify the status of the search process.

This morning, the official University of Dayton sports Twitter feed reported: Read more…

GT Offers Job To Coach; School Responds to SbB

Earlier today I reported on Facebook that Georgia Tech interviewed Tulsa head basketball coach Doug Wojcik for its hoops coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Georgia Tech statement about SbB report on Brian Gregory

Subsequent to that post, I’ve learned from a Georgia Tech athletic department source that the school has offered the job to another coach. Read more…

Georgia Tech Honors Air Force Players After Game

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson started something on Monday at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport that I hope becomes the next great college football tradition.

Georgia Tech players honor Air Force players after Independence Bowl

(At the aptly named Independence Bowl last night)

After Air Force defeated the Yellowjackets 14-7, Johnson, the former head coach of Navy, asked his players to honor their opponents by standing behind the servicemen on the field during the playing of the Air Force Academy Alma Mater. Read more…

NFL Boat Survivor Says Friend “Died In His Arms”

• A new sad wrinkle in the NFL boat ordeal: Survivor Nick Schuyler says his friend Will Bleakley died in his grasp before being washed out to sea.

Nick Schuyler Will Bleakley

(Nick Schuyler [L], Will Bleakley [R])

But for some Detroit sports radio hosts, the whole thing is pretty funny.

• The Dallas Cowboys bid toodle-oo to Terrell Owens.

• San Francisco learns you don’t buck horns with badminton badasses.

• Every breath you take, every move you make, Michael Strahan will be watching you.

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SbB Clever Caption Contest: Clinch Has Your Back

Hey readers! It’s time to sign up for another SbB Clever Caption Contest!

Today we share a snapshot of Georgia Tech basketball star Lewis Clinch putting the ol’ John Hancock on some joyous Yellowjacket fan:

Lewis Clinch Georgia Tech Yellowjackets basketball

Of course, there could be more to it than that. So, submit your suggestions into the comments section linked below. Winner will be announced in the end-of-the-day recap.

Good luck and good writing! But watch out for ink stains!

Georgia Tech Too Self-Important To Hold Whiteout

Forget avian bird flu - the biggest epidemic to hit America is the collegiate ‘whiteout’. You know the drill: The scourge started in the Big Ten at Penn State and Michigan State during the 2005 football season (Penn State has since copyrighted the phrase “White Out”). Since then, every school that hands out diplomas has held whiteouts — or, in some cases, blackouts — to generate excitement about a big game. No matter where you go, it’s an idea everyone can get behind. Except, according to the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, for Georgia Tech, even though Georgia Tech students were the ones who proposed their school have a whiteout in the first place.

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(Fans enjoy a Georgia Tech whiteout)

Now Georgia Tech students and alumni have decided they’re too cool to jump on the bandwagon, with as few as 50 percent of the 49,000 ticket holders expected to wear white for tonight’s game against Miami in Atlanta. That, of course, would make the crowd completely normal, which might make Georgia Tech fans the most self-important — or fashion conscious — in the country.

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Blog Jam: Cowboys Fans Curse Overdone Anthem

• SI’s Arash Markazi wasn’t so thrilled with Kat DeLuna’s National Anthem performance Monday night - and neither were the fans at Texas Stadium.

Kat DeLuna

• And YOU BEEN BLINDED shudders to think what Josh Howard’s reaction might have been, since he’s black and “don’t celebrate that sh*t“.

• DEADSPIN hears Mike Greenberg lamenting the low-watt brain power of radio co-host Mike Golic: “It is impossible to have a conversation on a high, intellectual level with a man whose idea of fine literature begins with Doctor and ends with Seuss.”

• THE SPORTS DOLLAR drinks in some comparisons between your favorite sports blog & your favorite alcoholic refreshment.

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Schiano Says No To Michigan While Navy Coach Sets Sail For Georgia Tech

SCHIANO STAYING AT RUTGERS; GA. TECH GRABS JOHNSON: It seems that Michigan is turning into Arkansas - no one wants to take their head coaching job.

Greg Schiano shake

The NEWARK STAR-LEDGER reports how Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who was mulling over the opening with the Wolverines, ultimately selected to stick with the Scarlet Knights.Schiano is the 2nd coach to say adios to Ann Arbor this week, after long-rumored candidate Les Miles signed a contract extension to remain at LSU.

Arkansas Razorbacks hog hat

Dealing with similar employment problems, the Razorbacks have had three head coaches turn down the chance to live high off the Hogs - Tommy Tuberville, Tommy Bowden and Jim Grobe.Meanwhile, Georgia Tech no longer has coaching concerns of their own, as Navy coach Paul Johnson is setting sail for the Yellow Jackets:

Paul Johnson Navy desk

The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reports that the new king bee of Tech football signed a 7-year deal worth over $11 million.During his Naval stint, Johnson help the Midshipmen reel in their first win over Notre Dame in 44 years, while chartering a 6-0 record against rival Army.

GT hopes Johnson can channel his success against the Black Knights to victory against their own rival Georgia. The Bulldogs have won 6 straight against the Jackets.

Georgia Southern

And the new coach is no stranger to the south. Before anchoring in Annapolis, Johnson captured 107 wins in his 11 seasons at Georgia Southern, while guiding the Eagles to two 1-AA national championships.So, for those playing at home, here’s how the current college football classifieds look, with these 1-A schools still searching for a gridiron general:

• Arkansas
• Colorado State
• Duke
• Houston
• Michigan
• Navy
• Northern Illinois
• SMU
• Southern Miss
• UCLA
• Washington State

Nutt Resigns From Arkansas; GT, Duke Fire Coaches

NUTT CRACKS OUT OF ARKANSAS; GT & DUKE FIRE COACHES: Houston Nutt has finally cracked, deciding he’s going to flee Fayetteville:

Houston Nutt streak

TRANS WORLD NEWS reports that the Arkansas coach will announce his resignation at a news conference Monday evening, ending his 10-year reign at the SEC school.The announcement comes after another tumultuous season that finished with Friday’s upset of the then-#1 LSU in Baton Rouge.

Chan Gailey

In other employment news, Chan’s not the man for Georgia Tech anymore. The ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reports that the Yellow Jackets fired coach Chan Gailey after six seasons at Bobby Dodd Stadium.Meanwhile, Ted Roof, Ted Roof, Ted Roof has been fired:

Ted Roof Duke

The RALEIGH (NC) NEWS-OBSERVER reports that the Duke head coach has been relieved of his duties. Roof was removed after a 1-11 season which saw the Blue Devils go winless in the ACC for the 3rd straight season.Considering the job was involved with Dookies football, being relieved must be a relief for Ted.

These recent removals brings the current list of 1-A vacancies to 7. Other schools still searching the want ads include Michigan, Nebraska, Mississippi, Baylor and SMU.

And Nutt has already been mentioned as a leading candidate for the last three.